Record Number of Gay & Lesbian Democratic Delegates Cited

DENVER (AP) -- A Democratic group says a record 358 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered delegates will attend the party's national convention in Denver this month.

The National Stonewall Democrats said Tuesday the number represents a 27 percent increase from the 2004 convention.

Natalie Wyeth, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Convention Committee, says she can't yet confirm the numbers because the committee is still compiling demographic data on delegates.

The Stonewall Democrats say their count is based on numbers reported by state party officials to the Democratic National Committee.

The Stonewall group describes itself as a grass-roots organization working to elect "pro-equality" Democrats regardless of sexual orientation.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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